Film Festival Coverage: 20th Annual FIRSTGLANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

FirstGlance Film Festival in Philadelphia
Tinsel & Tine's Look at :

The 20th Annual


By Le Anne Lindsay, Editor

POST UPDATE: 10/9/17

I was able to attend Opening Night and 2 blocks of screenings on Sunday.  The below embeds are mini movie reviews & photos from opening night.  Below that, video of FirstGlance's Awards Ceremony - Congrats to all the winning filmmakers!

Below that, the festival continues online with IT'SASHORT over 40 short films are available to watch for FREE for 4 week (Oct 9 - Nov 11, 2017) vote for your favorites, which then have a chance of  premiering at FirstGlance Los Angeles in Spring 2018.


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ORIGINAL POST It's almost time for The 26th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival (Oct 19-29th) but this year, for the first time, I'm gonna also cover a bit of The 20th FIRSTGLANCE Film Festival (Oct 6-8, 2017).

FirstGlance is a bi-coastal film festival which takes place in LA and Philly. It's been named 5 times as one of the “Best Film Festival Investments” and “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” by Movie Maker Magazine Celebrating 20 years - the weekend event includes red carpet happy hour with press and filmmaker interviews, opening night screening presented by Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (click for T&T pics from #GPFONext party).

Unique screening programs, indie film expo, networking with filmmakers, after parties with cast and crew, beer and wine bar, filmmaker brunch, and for the first time, a live awards ceremony. In addition to what is screening at the festival, over 40 short films will take part in a 4 week Short Online Contest with over $2500 in prizes beginning October 9th with an opportunity to premiere at FirstGlance Los Angeles in Spring 2018.


Date: Saturday, October 7th or Sunday or 8th, 2017 (See films below)
Time: Tickets good for your choice of a Matinee or Afternoon screening
Theaters: Kimmel Center (300 S. Broad St) or Painted Bride Art Center (230 Vine St.)
Enter to Win: Make a Comment on the Facebook Post Saying Which of the following Films You'd Like to See at the Festival
Tweet using: Wanna see (insert name of film) @FirstGlanceFilm via @tinseltine #FGPA20 #TTPromoFG FILM'S

Sisterly (click for trailer)
Becoming a Spartan (click for trailer)
Not All Who Wander Are Lost (click for synopsis)
August in the City (click for synopsis)
Imbroglio (click for synopsis)
Aimee (click for trailer)
Kinesthesis (click for synopsis)
Out of the Box (click for synopsis)
Bean (click for trailer)
God Came Round (click for synopsis)
Americana (click for synopsis)
Tanguito Argentino (click for trailer)
Mail.Man (click for trailer)
Another Girl (click for trailer)

For Complete list of FirstGlance 2017 Films Click HERE 
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About FirstGlance Films:FirstGlance Films began in 1996 as an indie film festival in the basement of a small theater in Center City Philadelphia. FirstGlance Films has currently produced over 37 festivals in Philadelphia and Hollywood. In addition to producing their award winning bi-coastal film festivals, FirstGlance has year round activities that include On-line Short Film Competitions, Short Film Productions, and streaming and VOD Distribution. For more information, please visit

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